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May 2016

The Brignall Shrunken Medieval Village Community Excavation Report is now available to download here

Report on the community excavation and recording of rock art at Hawksley Hill, near Barnard castle in Durham, is now available to download here

January 2016

Dr Hannah Russ has been featured on TV on BBC Look North talking about the work along the A1 between Leeming Bar and Barton.

Link to Interview

Northern Archaeological Associates have made a number of significant discoveries during archaeological excavations that are being undertaken as part of a major project to upgrade the A1 to motorway status in North Yorkshire.
Our team have been working for two years, and during that time have uncovered more than 177,000 finds and sieved more than 50 tonnes of sediment samples.

complete pottery vessels from human burials at Bainesse, where we excavated a large Roman cemeteryComplete pottery vessels from human burials at Bainesse, where we excavated a large Roman cemetery.

Yorkshire Post

Northern Echo

On Tuesday 12th Olly presented a talk to the Bedale Archaeology and History Society on recent discoveries made during commercial fieldwork undertaken by NAA in Yorkshire

NAA would like to wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016

Thanks to everyone helped us raise £360 for Blesma limbless veteran 's charity as part of out Christmas card appeal. There is still time if you would like donate click here

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December 2015

We are pleased to be back out at Roker, this time working on an HKF Parks for People bid for Roker Park.

Penny and Florence recently attended the ‘Reviving Spaces’ conference in Manchester.

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October 2015

A1 open day this Saturday-31st October. Come along find out more about our work on this exciting project. Click here for more details

This Saturday, open day at Hawksley Hill. Come along and see the result of the latest community excavation.
Tours run every hour, on the hour, for Hawklsey, leaving from in front of the NAA offices in Barnard Castle. Running from 10.00am till 3.00pm.

Work starting on a community excavation at Hawksley Hill near Barnard Castle next week, running from 19th Oct to 3rd Nov. Email for further details.

SITE ASSISTANTS required for immediate start on prehistoric and industrial excavations at EAST WIDEOPEN, NORTHUMBERLAND. Click here for details

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September 2015

NAA taking part in YORNIGHT on Friday 25th Sept. Come along and see the some of the finds from Catterick (Cataractonium). Click for further details

YORNIGHT is York’s contribution to a Europe-wide project called European Researchers’ Night. For one night in September, researchers will take over the city, to show the value and impact that research has on our daily lives. All events are free and include hands-on activities, talks, exhibitions, interactive displays and experiments.

NAA will be showcasing a selection of finds form the archaeological investigations currently being carried out around the Roman town of Cataractonium. So far, Roman items such as brooches, candelabras and decorated boxes have been identified to a depth of up to three metres below surface level. These important finds give a new insight into the lives of the people of Cataractonium almost 2000 years ago. Come along to learn more and see and handle some of the finds for yourself!

See the YORNIGHT website for further details

Two New Community Excavations starting in October in Teesdale. Click here to find out how you can take part.
We are pleased and excited to announce that we will be undertaking TWO new community excavations in October on behalf of the Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership (HoTLP) and the Archaeological and Architectural Society of Durham and Northumberland (AASDN). We begin with excavations of the Shrunken Medieval Village at Brignall, near Greta Bridge, which is currently getting underway. Later in the month we will be surveying, recording and excavating known Rock Art sites on Hawksley Moor. If you would like to take part in either of these projects please contact Penny at or ring 0191 3750943. For further details see the HoTLP website

NAA are recruiting for Paleoenvironmental staff at all levels. Salary £19,200 - £15,263 depending on experience and post. See jobs page for further detail

Channel 4 Programme on Belvoir Castle on Thursday 17th Sept, including research by NAA In the run up to the 300th anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown, Alan Titmarsh joins the Duchess of Rutland in a bid to recreate a little of great artists landscape genius.
NAA, working together with Debois Landscape, produced a Landscape Management Plan for the estate in 2014. Jonathan Phibbs from Debois will be interviewed as part of the programme, discussing the results of the survey.
The programme is on More4 tomorrow (Thursday 17th) at 9pm. For more details follow the More 4 link

NAA win 2015 AIA Awards for Industrial Archaeology...
NAA are pleased and honour to have been awarded two awards and a 'highly commended' in the Association of Industrial Archaeologists (AIA) annual awards. Penny Middleton, our heritage conservation specialist, has won the Archaeological Report class for her survey and management plan of West Stonesdale lead mine in Swaledale. In addition, Matt Town, one of our senior management team, has won the Peter Neaverson Award for Digital Initiative & Innovation for his work on the Grassington lead mines. Both projects were commissioned by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and we are grateful for their continued support.
Matt also received a 'highly commended' in the Archaeological Report category for his work at Nenthead Lead mine.
Both Penny and Matt will be travelling to the AIA conference in Brighton this weekend to collect their awards. You can find out more about West Stonesdale on the Project Profile page , and download a copy of the winning report.

We would like to welcome two new Project Officers - Florence Spaven (Heritage Conservation) and Amy McCabe (Planning Consultancy).

Newly revealed section of Hadrian's Wall excavated at West Road in Newcastle during the installation of a water main for Northumbrian Water.

We would like to welcome Martyn Cooper, who has recently joined us as a new fieldwork Project Officer.

We have been to the theatre! Florence has recently been busy preparing a Statement of Significance for the Sunderland Empire. See our facebook site for pictures.

Further evidence of industrial activity revealed at Thorpe Park, near Leeds. Northern Archaeological Associates are undertaking archaeological investigations for the latest phase of development at Thorpe Park Industrial Park, near Leeds, on behalf of Scarborough Developments Ltd.

Thus far, the soilstripping has revealed evidence for two very different periods of activity on the site: elements of a farming landscape of late Iron Age to early Roman date, and extensive post-medieval coal mining. Work on the Iron Age / Roman phase has examined part of a settlement comprising timber-walled round houses and several ditched enclosures with evidence for further buildings. Other ditches appear to demarcate the paddocks and fields associated with the settlement. Associated pottery includes fragments of mortaria (mixing bowls).

Much more widespread is the evidence for post-medieval mining. Soilstripping has exposed numerous backfilled mine shafts, predominantly in the area of known shallow coal but with several isolated examples, outside the anticipated limit of workable deposits. The shafts measured between 2m and 8m across, and three of the isolated shafts were each protected by a brick culvert to intercept surface water. The shafts were not depicted on any of the 19th-century Ordnance Survey maps, so were presumably sunk in the 18th to early 19th century. In one area, the old coal shafts had been used to dump a large quantity of pottery waste from a pottery kiln site at Lazencroft, which was in operation between 1720 and 1770. It is likely that these shafts represented small-scale mines, often referred to as bell-pits because of their shape in cross-section. Machine-excavation of several of the shafts demonstrated that they were at least 7m deep, flaring out after about 2m into a 'bell'. Others opened out into long 'galleries', some with the pit props still in place.

One mine shaft, known as Ellen Pit, was previously recorded, having been depicted as ‘disused’ on the Ordnance Survey maps of the late 19th-century. Excavation revealed that the brick-lined shaft had been enclosed by a substantial stone wall, with a waggonway running alongside, presumably where a loading hopper once stood. Other remains associated with the pit were also encountered, including a chimney base for a steam-powered winding engine, three sunken-floored buildings and a 5m diameter brick-lined pit, which might have been a quenching pit for some smithing activity.

Check out our Facebook site for pictures from the site

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July 2015

NAA are seeking to recruit additional Site Assistants £17,400 Click here for details

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May 2015

Hylton Castle, Sunderland SR5 3PA Saturday 16 May 2015, 11.00am - 3.00pm, Free admission. Enjoy a range of family fun activities including children's crafts, storytelling, historical interpretation, castle tours, as well as the opportunity to view the proposed designs for the castle redevelopment. Admission is free - car parking is not available

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March 2015

Success!!!!! Roker awarded a £545,000 HLF grant for restoration of the lighthouse and pier and to develop the interpretation of the site.

The HLF money will be supplemented by £136,000 of match funding from Sunderland City Council to help pay for the restoration of the pier's lighthouse and tunnel and £300,000 to restore and replace the railings along the pier.
NAA have been closely involved with the preparation of the Roker bid, completing the Conservation Management and Maintenance Plan and the Activity and Interpretation Plan. We are thrilled that it is all going ahead and it will be provide an exciting new heritage destination for Sunderland, complimenting the beautiful regenerated seafront area. Can't wait to see it when it is done!
Check out the article in the Chronicle for more information

Full Cleadon Village Atlas Report now complete. Download you copy here or go to the Cleadon Village webpage
NAA are recruiting for a CAD Illustrator (12 month maternity cover) Click Here

NAA are recruiting for Post-Excavation Supervisors and Post-excavation Finds Assistants to work on the exciting and diverse palaeoenvironmental and artefact assemblages being recovered from the Roman and prehistoric excavations on the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Scheme.Click Here to Follow Link

NAA will shortly be recruiting for field staff to work on excavations at Barnsley and Leeds and still occasionally require replacement staff for work on the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement scheme at Catterick. For details of posts and how to apply Click Here to Follow Link

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Febuary 2015

NAA to start work soon on excavations in Berwick as part of development plans for the new hospital. Article in the Berwick Advertiser has further details

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January 2015

A1 OPEN DAY on Saturday 24 January 2015. Guided tours of the archaeological works will run from the Catterick racecourse car park (north of A6136) every hour from 10:30 am, through to 2.30pm (final tour). This event was re-scheduled from December.
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Happy 2015 to everyone. We hope you have a fruitful, interesting and healthy 12 months ahead.

Thanks to everyone who donated to our Great North Ambulance Christmas card appeal. We have raised £325 which is just £75 short of our target. The page will be up till end of Jan if you would still like to contribute.

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